Category Archives: Music

Christ, You are the King of Glory

We don’t get to hear many Te Deums these days, even after the reform of the reform. This is the last Sunday, the Solemnity of Christ the King,  that we can hear a Te Deum before Advent commences, when a … Continue reading

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Ave Maria

Time is running out on us for the Month of the Holy Rosary. Offered by some of the gents of the young Catholic Australian liturgical singers, Prima Luce. From memory it’s Jacques Arcadelt’s quite ‘umble and merciful Ave Maria, if … Continue reading

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Rorate Sunday

Desert dew  A little study on my part has revealed that yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, has been sometimes called Rorate Sunday in times past and even present. This is to be distinguished from Rorate Masses, which refer to Votive Masses of … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 5

  And from Thy cross embrace me with arms outstretched to save.  (From the translation by Monsignor R.A. Knox of words attributed to St Bernard) The Epistle of the Mass of Passion Sunday, 5th Sunday of Lent, in the 1962 … Continue reading

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Hymns of Lent 4

“There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.” This coming Fourth Sunday of Lent is still often referred to as Laetare Sunday, “Rejoice Sunday”, after the first word in the traditional introit of Mass on that day – Laetare, Jerusalem: … Continue reading

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A fine word

The Holy Father had something good and important to say yesterday: When we celebrate the Mass, we don’t accomplish a representation of the Last Supper: no, it is not a representation. It is something else: it is the Last Supper … Continue reading

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Hymn in honour of Blessed John Henry Newman

From the Birmingham Oratory website: The 9th of October is the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman, the founder of the English Oratory. A new Latin hymn in his honour has been commissioned by the Birmingham Oratory and composed by Fr.John … Continue reading

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When will my Church feel like ‘home’ once more?

Michael nails it again! Here’s a transcript of the video: We’ve received quite a bit of email, and Facebook comments, the vast majority of it sympathetic, about the theme we stressed last week in a couple of Vortex episodes about … Continue reading

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What happened?

Video transcript: Since this is the 50th year anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council, we thought it might be helpful to review some misconceptions that have arisen as a result of people ascribing to Vatican II things … Continue reading

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Be part of the Sunday Mass, Bishop urges the young

Young people attending the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin were invited by the Rt Rev. Mark Davies, the Bishop of Shrewsbury, to make a promise to be part of the Mass every Sunday of their lives. The Bishop made … Continue reading

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Things you may not know about Antonio Vivaldi

By: Msgr. Charles Pope One of my favorite composers is Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741). While I love his secular pieces such as the Four Seasons, I am especially found of his Church music. It is so light, so bright and tuneful, and … Continue reading

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